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ID Hunting Season Advice: Bear Proof Yourself

October 14, 2008

Boise, ID – Hunters may be scouting for pheasants, deer or elk this season - but they should have bears "on the brain," too. It's advice for Idahoans from the Sierra Club's Grizzly Bear Project, after a Wyoming hunter was recently mauled.

Project spokesperson Monica Fella suggests hunters pack out carcasses as soon as possible, sleep at least 100 yards from the camp cooking area, and carry bear pepper spray at all times. Make sure, she says, that the canister is labeled specifically as "bear pepper spray."

"Make sure that it is meant to prevent bear attacks, not general pepper spray. It should be at least 7.9 ounces and have a minimum spray distance of 25 feet."

The Wyoming hunter who was attacked, she adds, was with a group of people who did not have bear pepper spray.

"We've had a lot of encounters that would have been attacks, but people have used the bear pepper spray – and those don't make the news."

Research has shown that bear pepper spray is more effective than a firearm or other weapon. Fella explains this is because the spray does not have to be aimed precisely, as does a weapon.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - ID